A form known as Proto-Malay language was spoken in Borneo at least by 1000 BCE and was, it has been argued, the ancestral language of all subsequent Malayan languages.
It is a small stone of 45 by 80 centimetres (18 by 31 in).
The earliest surviving manuscript in Malay is the Tanjong Tanah Law in post-Pallava letters.
“Only when we go overseas to countries like Germany, Japan and China do we realise that we have been conned,” he said.
Dr Abdul Latif said he was not saying that English or other languages should not be taught in school, but that Malay should be the first language.
“I call upon language enthusiasts to fight these traitors who are becoming increasingly daring,” he said.